We’ve floated this idea past a couple of media colleagues with unimpeachable Academy Awards expertise. One is a full-time kudos season chronicler; the other, a published Hollywood history author and film PR whiz. Since both gave our suggestion the big Broadway thumbs up, FishbowlLA is now officially proposing it to the Academy.
To Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, co-producers of next February’s Oscar telecast, we say: If you have not already contacted Nathan Lane’s reps to see if he would be interested in doing the Dolby Theatre honors, then please do so – pronto.
We have no idea if Lane would say yes. But here’s a guy who can handle any necessary musical telecast components as smoothly as Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris. More importantly, per his regular sit-downs with David Letterman, Lane is also flat-out, ad lib hilarious.
“I love Nurse Jackie,” Lane told the group. “She can’t get through the day without Vicodin, Adderall, Percocet, Xanax and Oxycodone, which oddly enough also happens to be the names of Mitt Romney’s five children.”
Lane hosted the 1995 Tony Awards and has recurring role as a court-appointed trustee on the new season of The Good Wife, premiering September 30. We think it’s high time he got back to the awards show podium, as host.[Photo: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com]
Update – 09/22/12: Lane made his latest appearance on The Late Show this week (Thursday September 20). What else do you need, Academy?